Kabyle Berber in United Kingdom

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Introduction / History

The Kabyle are a Berber tribe located primarily in Morocco, Tunisia, western Libya, and the coastal mountain regions of northern Algeria. During the third century, the Romans named the people of the Maghrib Berber, which means "barbarian." Understandably, they prefer to be known as Amazigh, meaning "free people." Later the Arabs call this entire region of North Africa "Maghrib." The Maghrib was conquered by the Muslims between 670 and 700.
The Kabyle lived in the rugged, well-watered al-Quabail Mountains. These inaccessible peaks of the Kabyle Berber homeland have long served as a refuge from invaders including the Romans, Vandals, Byzantine, and Arabs. Migration is becoming more common among the Berbers, and it is estimated that several million Berbers now live in European cities. They are more likely to live in France or Belgium, but some have settled in the UK. There are not many Berber people in the UK, since it was the Spanish and the French who colonized North Africa, not the British.
Most likely, the few who live in the UK blend in with other Muslim peoples, especially the Arab populations and the Imazighen Berbers. Algerians have communities in Greater London, especially in Leyton, Edgeware, and Finsbury Park. They have smaller communities in other cities of the UK.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Preserving the family is important to the Kabyle Berbers. Even when a family member is forced to migrate to other countries, family ties remain strong. Family bonds are also strengthened by their marriage customs and inheritance rights. The father is the head of the family, and ancestry is traced through the males. According to tradition, a local assembly composed of the heads of all families governs the villages.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Kabyle Berbers are predominantly Muslim, but they do not strictly observe the laws of the Koran. Upon converting to Islam, the Kabyle kept many of their traditional beliefs, especially that of pre-Islamic saint worship. However, they celebrate the usual Muslim holidays and visit friends and neighbors during these festive times. Weddings are lengthy celebrations that often last several days. There are some Kabyle Berber believers in Canada and the UK.

What Are Their Needs?

Kabyle Berbers, no matter where they live, need the chance to become disciples of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Kabyle Berber people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit to bring entire Kabyle Berber families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for their families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Kabyle Berber family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Scripture Prayers for the Berber, Kabyle in United Kingdom.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Berber, Kabyle
People Name in Country Berber, Kabyle
Natural Name Kabyle Berber
Pronunciation kuh-BEEL BUR-bur
Alternate Names Greater Kabyle; North African Berber; We
Population this Country 3,400
Population all Countries 7,352,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12399
ROP3 Code 104365
ROP25 Code 309156
ROP25 Name Berber, Kabyle
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.50 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Kabyle (3,400 speakers)
Language Code kab   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kabyle (3,400 speakers)
Language Code kab   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kabyle
Photo Source Alioueche Mokhtar - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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